- Livestock Sectors
- Research Calls
Animal Task Force published the Session Report of its last Annual meeting held in Brussels, the 28th October 2017, entitled: “Food integrity in the food chain: How can the animal production sector contribute?”.
The topics discussed were the visions of the animal primary production both from civil society and private sector. The document gathers the point of view of its most preminent representatives, organised in short essays. A preminent part is dedicated to edited minutes of the panel discussions.
The Report updates state of the art of the needs of livestock economy research presented in Second White Paper at the end of 2016.
This document indicated research priorities for Horizon2020 2018-2020 Work Programme in innovation and sustainability in European animal production. The study was focused on herbivores (ruminants, horses, rabbits) and monogastrics (pigs, poultry), thinking of livestock production as part of a circular bio-economy, involving agriculture and energy production.
The three main topics analysed in the agenda are the efficient use of biomass (approaching both manure utilisation and food production efficiency), sustainability of the livestock sector and animal health. Emerging technologies are discussed in the cross-cutting issues chapter, as the use of precision instruments and infrastructure development.
The document is available in a short and extended version at
The 7th Seminar Report is available at
The ERA-NET Sustainable Animal Production (SusAn) had its Kick-off meeting in December and has launched the first call for transnational research proposals on January 4th, 2016. The funding organisations (37 partners of 22 MS) agreed that future development of the European Animal Production sector will need to build on the sustainability triangle of economic competitiveness, social acceptability and environmental protection.The co-funded call for research, open to transnational research proposals which take a systems and interdisciplinary approach to research to address multiple objectives under the three Research Areas of Economy, Environment and Society. the initial project seminar will be held in Bilbao,Spain November the 23rd-24th 2017.
WAHIS, the OIE’s World Animal Health Information System is being renovated to meet new sanitary challenges and to be prepared to future demands. The new tool WAHIS+ has been improved for a better collection and dissemination of data on animal diseases.
In Paris, the 25th of May 2017,the new tool World Animal Health Information System + (WAHIS+) has been presented. As well as the previous version, it allows access to reliable and validated animal health information in order to control transboundary animal diseases effectively, ensures the early detection of emerging diseases, contributes to protect public health and global livelihoods, and plays a significant role in facilitating safe trade.
WAHIS+ will be an evolving tool, thanks to an ambitious project launched by the OIE to develop an improved system with increased functions and a stronger reporting network. It will improve the collection and the dissemination of data on animal diseases of epidemiological significance, in both domestic species and wildlife.
More than ten years have passed since the launch of the first WAHIS system, and changes are required to address the new challenges are faced by veterinary public health today. The road to WAHIS+ started one year ago, when the OIE consulted the needs of its Members, as well as a wide range of stakeholders, through survey, consultation and dialogue.
The complete article is available at
The Panel on Animal Health and Welfare (AHAW) provides scientific advice on all aspects of animal diseases and animal welfare. Its work chiefly concerns food producing animals, including fish.
AHAW Panel Members are scientists from across Europe with expertise in:
Risk assessment, quantitative risk assessment, modelling
Microbiology and pathology (applied to infectious diseases of food-producing animals, including aquatic animals)
Animal production (husbandry, housing and management, animal transport and stunning and killing of animals)
Register now on EFSA’s website www.efsa.europa.eu/ and prepare your application in advance so that you can submit it between 1 June and 8 September 2017.